How would you like to see space sci­ence and the mil­i­tary col­lab­o­rate in fu­ture?

Sky at Night Magazine - - BOOKS - AVIS LANG is a re­search as­so­ciate at the Amer­i­can Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory’s Hay­den Plan­e­tar­ium, New York

Ideally, the pur­suit of sci­ence would be seen as es­sen­tial to the pub­lic good and wor­thy of non-mil­i­tary pub­lic fund­ing. True, on oc­ca­sion the mil­i­tary has turned to space sci­en­tists for help with mil­i­tary prob­lems, help that led to sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies and ad­vances. But broadly use­ful, un­ex­pected out­comes do not jus­tify em­brac­ing the mil­i­tary as a prime chan­nel for sci­ence fund­ing. Its agenda is weighted to­wards lethal­ity.

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